CERG Description

The goal of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) is to provide an evidence base that informs the design of policies and programs that promote the development of citizens for an effective, just, and humane democratic society.


The Civic Engagement Research Group


The Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG), at the University of California, Riverside conducts quantitative and qualitative research focused on understanding:

  • The nature of youth civic engagement
  • The impact of civic learning opportunities and digital media participation on young people's civic capacities and commitments
  • The quantity, quality, and equality of civic opportunities and outcomes in public schools and other contexts

The goal is to monitor trends, frame priorities, and develop an evidence base regarding effective civic education practices and policies.



CERG’s mission is to conduct research, develop resources, and engage in education reform efforts that promote equitable, informed, and effective youth civic and political participation.